Miles and Points Update

1. If you’ve missed  last Friday update, my husband’s  “Into the nights” IHG offer has reverted to the original one. Check yours just in case. Like I said previously, if you have hotel plans anyway, and don’t mind fighting IHG for your points (because you most likely will have to), you may want to consider participating.

2. Chase Ink Bold is discontinued and  no longer available on Chase website or in branch. Congratulations to those who got in on it and were able to resist the loud (and seemingly never-ending) siren call of increased Chase Ink Plus offer. 🙂 (h/t Million Mile Secrets)

3. The Cadillac test drive offer that came with 7,500 AAdvantage miles is no longer available, unless you’ve already made an appointment at the dealership. (h/t TheMrPickles blog)

4. Speaking of AAdvantage miles, the affiliate sign-up  offer for  Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® has been increased to 50,000 miles. It does pay me commission, otherwise nothing has changed, as far as I can tell. Well, except now you  get 2 AA lounge passes, a minor benefit. You can read more on it in my “Best Credit Card Deals For Family” page.

5. If you are relatively new to this hobby, make sure to read What Are Miles And Points? post on Hack My Trip blog. It’s a concise primer that will give you a good overview of this parallel universe we live in.

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2 thoughts on “Miles and Points Update

  1. Could you please summarize what the latest info is out there on the “churnability” of AA cards?
    Ex. Is there a minimum amount of time between closing an AA card and opening another?



    • @BB The latest info as of now is that you need to wait at least 18 months between applications for personal cards. I prefer to wait closer to 2 years, just in case, though not sure if it’s totally necessary. Citi is starting to implement a new rule that you need to have closed the card for at least 18 months, but it doesn’t look like AA cards are affected by this new language.
      I looked at the terms, and it just says that it’s not available to recent applicants, doesn’t specify the timeline. So, I would say that if you haven’t applied for AA personal card in the last 18 months, you should have a good chance. I probably would close the existing card first.
      You may want to follow this Flyertalk thread for the latest developments


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